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Umeda Sky Building—Floating Garden Observatory: Things to Do in Osaka

Umeda Sky Building—Floating Garden Observatory: Things to Do in Osaka

Floating Garden Observatory (Kuchu Teien) at Umeda Sky Building Contact Information: 〒531-0076 1-1-88 Oyodo-naka,Kita-ku,OsakaCity Phone: 06-6440-3899 http://www.kuchu-teien.com/index.php http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/facilities/cat10/post_294.html   Hours*: 9:30 AM–10:30 PM daily (last admission at 10:00 PM) *Please check the website for holiday hours. Admission Rates**: Adults ¥1000 Middle–High School Students ¥700 Elementary School Students ¥500 Children (4 Years and older) ¥200 Seniors ¥800 People with Disability ¥500 **Please check the website for group rates for each category. Umeda Sky Building is supposed to offer an unobstructed, spectacular…

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Dotonbori: Things to Do in Osaka

Dotonbori: Things to Do in Osaka

Dotonbori: Things to Do in Osaka Located in the Namba district of Chuo ward along the canal, Dotonbori is one the most popular and touristy destinations in Osaka. You’ll know when you get there by the huge neon signs, throngs of people, many shops, and restaurants with comical signs and displays on top. Tourists flock over here for the famous street food (takoyaki, okonomiyaki, oden, etc.), shopping, and of course, posing in front of the Glico Man sign. We visited…

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Shopping in Osaka: Tax-Free Shopping and VAT Refund

Shopping in Osaka: Tax-Free Shopping and VAT Refund

Shopping in Osaka: Tax-Free Shopping and VAT Refund With each country having its own requirements and guidelines for receiving VAT refund, it could be confusing and daunting to shop tax-free while traveling. Japan, fortunately, has made it very easy for visitors to shop tax-free. In Japan, 8% consumption tax is applied to all products/items. Depending on the store, you may receive anywhere from 6.8 to 8% VAT refund or tax-free shopping. Read on to find out how to qualify for tax-free…

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Shopping in Osaka: Drugstore Shopping for Skincare Products!

Shopping in Osaka: Drugstore Shopping for Skincare Products!

Drugstore Shopping in Osaka and My Purchase Similar to Paris, the drugstore or pharmacy in Japan sells so much more than just medications and medical supplies. It’s home to many Japanese skin care and makeup products, and women (and men) from different countries go all out shopping at the drugstore. I, too, dragged my poor husband along to a random drugstore nearby our hotel at the recommendation of his younger female cousins, and shopped for well over an hour until…

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Shopping in Osaka: Where I Shopped and What I Purchased

Shopping in Osaka: Where I Shopped and What I Purchased

Shopping in Osaka: Where to Shop and What I Bought Since I only had two days in Osaka and most of my time was spent on getting to eateries, I couldn’t shop nearly as much as I wanted to and walked past many shops and department stores. There are hundreds of opportunities to shop in and around Osaka, including the infamously crowded Dotonbori/Shinsaibashi area, but if you’re not into the mayhem and chaos of the crowd like I, then I…

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Grand Front Osaka/Lucua/Osaka Station: Things to Do in Osaka

Grand Front Osaka/Lucua/Osaka Station: Things to Do in Osaka

Grand Front Osaka/Lucua/Osaka Station: Things to Do in Osaka Osaka Station is one of the largest train/subway stations I have ever been to, and it serves more purposes than just as a hub for transportation. Besides shopping and dining, Osaka Station also offers a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. While we were visiting, there was a free exhibit for “Flower Art Museum” where people could walk around live flower arrangements or sit on a bench…

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Tenjinbajisuji Shotengai: Things to Do in Osaka

Tenjinbajisuji Shotengai: Things to Do in Osaka

Tenjinbajisuji Shotengai: Things to Do in Osaka Located in Kita Ward, Tenjinbajisuji Shotengai is supposed to be the longest covered shopping arcade in Japan. We walked over after exploring Nakazakicho on a Wednesday afternoon, before continuing on to Toyo Sushi for our third meal out of five that day. The shopping street lived up to its fame of being the longest shopping arcade in Japan, as we could not see the end of the street lined with shops and restaurants,…

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Orange Street (Horie Tachibana): Places to Visit in Osaka

Orange Street (Horie Tachibana): Places to Visit in Osaka

Orange Street (Horie Tachibana): Places to Visit in Osaka Also known as Horie Tachibana, Orange Street is a trendy street in Kitahorie that is lined with all kinds of cafes and shops. We happened to come on the Full Moon Festival Day, so the streets seemed very quiet and empty, which I enjoyed. There was a variety of shops ranging from furniture and home décor to apparel that represent different types of fashion. The cafes and bars were also interesting,…

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Fukushima-ku: A Cute Neighborhood in Osaka

Fukushima-ku: A Cute Neighborhood in Osaka

Fukushima-ku: A Cute Neighborhood in Osaka Fukushima Ward in Osaka was only one train stop away from Osaka/Umeda Station. On a rainy day, we headed over to Fukushima-ku to get to Sobakiri Karani for lunch. When you exit the train station, take a moment to check out the Seven Lucky Gods (or Seven Deities of Good Fortune) street art by Grind Pencil on the pillars of the overpass at the intersection. As it was raining and still early in the…

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Nakazakicho: A Charming Neighborhood in Osaka

Nakazakicho: A Charming Neighborhood in Osaka

Nakazakicho: A Charming Neighborhood in Osaka While searching for things to do in Osaka, rather than the main attractions, I wanted to check out smaller, cute neighborhoods with character. Nakazakicho was one of the neighborhoods that was mentioned multiple times due to its bohemian charm with old structures and narrow alleyways. It is supposed to be home to many artists and interesting cafes and shops. We visited the Nakazakicho area on a Wednesday afternoon after eating udon at Sanuki Udon….

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